Wire Pass Trail to Buckskin Gulch is scenic, adventurous, and fun hiking into slot canyons. Slot Canyons are, well, incredible!

Buckskin Gulch is the longest slot canyon in the world. Located between Kanab, UT, and Page, AZ, it stretches 21 miles. This could easily be days of trekking. We, however, were just here for the day.

Stats, Reservation Information, and a Map are located at the bottom.


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The trail begins at Wire Pass Trailhead after an 8.4-mile ride down House Rock Valley Road, a sandy, bumpy road from Hwy 89. If it has rained recently, waiting till the road is dry is highly recommended. After driving it, you can easily see why. Areas of deep sand and small gulches were challenging for our high-clearance Subaru on a good day. The road is impassible after rains due to mud.

Use caution and be weather savvy!

Buckskin Gulch is part of the Paria Canyon and Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness, and a permit is required. A drop box is located at the entrances. > Wire Pass Day Use Pass in Utah

Easy walking to begin before reaching the slot canyons. I loved this walk among sandstone and blooming shrubs. The desert always holds a magical feel to me.

It’s October, and with perfect temps and sunny skies, it’s a thrill to be here. Spring and Autumn are the recommended time to visit the slot canyons.

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When you notice the canyon becomes narrow and the walls surrounding you higher, the opening is near. We found it through a narrow opening in the canyon walls. (photo above)

Just after entering, the adventure begins with a climb down a ladder and plunge right into the slot canyons. Incredible. 


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Narrow, with towering walls on soft sand, rocks, and small water pockets; it’s fantastic. The changing colors as we hike are beautiful.

In a large vast opening where Wire Pass Slot Canyon and Buckskin Gulch meet, we found petroglyphs in the enormous rocks made by the Pueblo Indians more than 700 years ago.

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At the open area, you have two options, left or right, each heading into slot canyons. Heading right, we encountered pools of low water, then came to a sudden stop when reaching an area of deep stagnant water, thigh high and with a horrible smell that turned us and most everyone around.

Come prepared for high waters with proper gear if venturing for a long hike.

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Taking the other direction, we found it striking, narrow, and less wet; however, it did stop us again at a pool of water we were unprepared for. 

The area we covered from the start of the trailhead was, at most, 5.6 miles out and back — an exciting hike and hard to turn around from at the high water. You can go as far as you want, then head back.

One of the best hikes we’ve had the pleasure of doing! Nothing else like it.

Our hike – 5.6 miles out and back

Restrooms at Wire Pass Trailhead

Wear waterproof shoes or boots.

Carry extra water – no water source

In spring and fall the interior of the Canyons are cooler – bring an extra layer.

Nearest towns: Kanab, UT and Page, AZ

How to get a permit for Wire Pass Day Use

Road Conditions and Weather, Paria Contact Station

WIRE PASS TRAILHEAD: From Kanab, head south on US-89 for 38 miles. Turn right onto House Rock Valley Road and continue for 8.4 miles. Wire Pass Trailhead will be on your right.


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